LSU has the Southeastern Conference's top scoring defense (62.9), making Fortson's ability to create for himself and others especially valuable.
2. Be Big, Block Out
Arkansas will be at a drastic size disadvantage tonight, as LSU starts players with heights of 6-4, 6-6, 6-6, 6-7 and 6-11. Put that up against the Razorbacks' 5-11, 6-0, 6-3, 6-6 and 6-9, and it's easy to see why the Tigers outrebounded Arkansas by 13 in the teams' first contest in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU leads the SEC in rebounding margin (plus-7.3), and the Hogs must keep Marcus Thornton, Tasmin Mitchell and Chris Johnson off the offensive glass.
3. Win The 3 Battle
The Razorbacks again find themselves slumping from 3-point range. Ranked last in the SEC during conference play in 3-point percentage, Arkansas has hit only 12 of 49 shots from beyond the arc in its last two contests.
On the other side, LSU has been mediocre throughout league play, but Thornton can get hot and change a game just like Kentucky's Jodie Meeks. Especially considering LSU's collective height, Arkansas must consistently get out on the Tigers' shooters.
4. No Foul Trouble
LSU doesn't mind being sent to the free throw line. The Tigers rank second in the league in free throw percentage, and its top two scorers, Thornton and Mitchell, are shooting 95 of 122 during SEC play.
So, Arkansas can't afford to foul LSU often. Of course, the Razorbacks also can't rack up too many fouls because of their glaring depth. Pelphrey will have only 10 scholarship players available the rest of the season.
Junior forward Michael Washington, in particular, must watch himself closely.
5. Healthy Henry
Freshman guard/forward Jason Henry has frustrated Pelphrey, at times, with his erratic output. But there's no denying Henry possesses SEC talent, and the Razorbacks will continually need his contributions.
He shot only 5 of 16 from the field Saturday, but the active Henry finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.
LSU (21-4, 9-1)
• Coach: Trent Johnson (1st season)
• Last Time Out: LSU beat Ole Miss 73-66 on Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.
• Key Injuries: Sophomore G Bo Spencer, sprained ankle, out; Senior F Quintin Thornton, sore Achilles, questionable
Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG APG
G Garrett Temple 6-6 Senior 6.7 4.5 4.2
G Marcus Thornton 6-4 Senior 20.0 5.3 2.0
G Terry Martin 6-6 Senior 5.1 2.3 0.9
F Tasmin Mitchell 6-7 Junior 16.8 7.0 1.8
C Chris Johnson 6-11 Senior 8.2 7.6 2.7*
F Quintin Thornton 6-9 Senior 3.2 2.8 0.7
G Alex Farrer 6-5 Junior 2.1 0.9 0.6
F Storm Warren 6-7 Freshman 2.2 2.0 0.2
G Chris Bass 6-0 Freshman 1.1 1.3 1.4
Arkansas Razorbacks (13-10, 1-9)
• Coach: John Pelphrey (2nd season)
• Last Time Out: Arkansas lost to Kentucky 79-63 on Saturday in Fayetteville
• Key Injuries, Suspensions: None
Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG APG
G Courtney Fortson 5-11 Freshman 14.6 5.3 6.5
G Rotnei Clarke 6-0 Freshman 11.0 1.9 1.0
G Stefan Welsh 6-3 Junior12.7 3.3 2.3
F Michael Sanchez 6-8 Freshman 6.2 5.0 0.6
F Michael Washington 6-9 Junior 16.4 9.7 1.3*
G Jason Henry 6-6 Freshman 7.5 4.5 0.4
G Marcus Britt 6-3 Sophomore 3.3 1.8 0.8
F Andre Clark 6-9 Freshman 2.5 1.8 0.2
F Brandon Moore 6-9 Freshman 2.0 1.7 0.4